Earlham College offers a globally influenced education

Earlham College in Indiana incorporates principles of peace, justice and coexistence as part of its curricula. These principles have allowed Sara Amina Adem "to envision a better world," she said in a prepared statement.

The International Studies major had the opportunity to attend a Special Political and Decolonization Committee of the United Nations (UN) in New York, according to a press release. She delivered a testimony about her experience living in Algeria, her friendship with a Sahrawi refugee, and the conflict and issues of self-determination for the Sahrawi people, who are from the Western Sahara region of Africa.

Adem became aware of these issues as a child when she visited the boarding school in northern Algeria, of which her father was headmaster. Later Adem went to United World College of the Adriatic in Italy and became friends with Lamira Ali, a Sahrawi refugee.

These experiences led Adem to apply for the opportunity to speak at the UN. With the help of assistant professor of politics Jennifer Seely and professor of international studies Welling Hall, Adem prepared to make the four-day trip to New York. 

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